Constitution provides a powerful mandate for human rights in its preamble, Fundamental Rights and Duties and specific provisions for affirmative action. The government has instituted laws and policies protecting the rights of girls and women, including a ban on dowry, pre-birth sex determition and child marriage. State schemes and programmes provide bicycles, hostels, life skills and stipends.
tiolly, beti bachao beti padhao directly tackles pre-birth sex-determition and along with Sabla and Sukanya Samriddhi Yoja Supports the empowerment of girls. ''One stop ship'' centres for survivors of violence against women have been set up and are being utilised. 'Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matriva Yoja', 'Jani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram' and 'Jani Suraksha Yoja' suppport pregnt women, new mothers and infants.
It needs to be mentioned here that India has moved forward in empowering girls but still lags much of the world. A girl cannot be educated and learn skills if she cannot freely and sadely access school, college, health climies, sports fields, markets and workplaces. It may also be mentioned that if a girl is not educated, she will not become fincially independent. On the other hand, a healthy, educated, income-earning woman will make more producetive decisions for herself, her family and her community.
We believe, the development of the country lay in supporting its girls. The government's role is crucial. Achieving equality for girls and boys, women and men starts in small decisions and bold steps in our own lives.
Satish Kumar Sarma,
Whither Assam Cricket Association
Politicians ought to keep aloof from being a member of a board, be it cricket, football, hockey, badminton and other games. This is what Lodha committee suggests. What ails Assam cricket Association? Why does the Assam's Ranji team suffer humiliating defeats one after another? A report telecast from an electronic channel suggests that the selection board of the ACA selects our cricketers in a way just to ensure humiliating defeats in the successive Ranji Trophy matches - by excluding key players. This time Abu Nechim Ahmed, the ace Assamese bowler who falls a victim to the vagaries of the ACA for reasons best known to them. What is the use of a body of the ilk of ACA that is up and doing to defame Assam cricket by bringing ignominy to the state?